|Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 04:20 pm: ||
First time was two years ago. The oil cooler return line popped out of the fitting on the motor side. I emailed Jiffy Tite with a photo of the oil line, which showed three wear points around the flare (where the retaining clip contacts the tubing). Their response was that it was a defective oil line. I install a new oil line and not long after it pops off again at the same location. I then purchase new fittings for both ends. When I remove the old fitting, the retaining clip almost falls out. One of the three prongs is missing, and the other two prongs are worn down to almost nothing.
Yesterday, the oil cooler feed line pops off on the oil cooler side. The line has the same three wear marks. The fitting has a retaining clip with only two prongs - the third prong had snapped off.
I am convinced this style of oil line and fitting on the 08 and up XB is a flawed design that cannot hold up to long term vibration. Please check your lines and fittings/clips if you have the Jiffy Tite connections. Having a rear tire covered in hot motor oil can be potentially disastrous.
|Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 04:41 pm: ||
I had the same return line pop off at about 8500 miles. Same exact wear marks and I ended up checking all the lines.
Those 2 were the only ones that showed any wear. I ended up replacing both lines and the fittings.
The research I did basically confirmed that those 2 are the main ones to fail and are now on my yearly checklist.
I think if they go out again, I will just replace them better fittings and hoses.
|Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 04:51 pm: ||
I have over 50k on my 08 XB12XT and never had an issue with the any oil lines/fittings.
|Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 07:37 pm: ||
I have had many Buells for many miles and never had an issue, but you better believe I'm putting that on my list of checks!
What a weird issue.
|Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 04:06 pm: ||
We had one of the oil lines come out w/in the first year or two we owned my wife's '09 XB12XT at relatively low mileage... Would have to pull the receipt, but seems like at around 15k or so. Fast forward to a year or so ago after fighting the dealership for warranty work for an aerated oil condition that they couldn't diagnose after having the bike for months. We head out on a multi-week ride and the oil line blows out again literally 200 miles from home, as we were getting ready to stop for gas and lunch.
I had packed spare clips since that's what failed the first time. As I'm trying to fit a new clip into a super hot oil covered mess on the side of a blacktop highway with ambient temps near 100'F, I notice... that the clip is still in the fitting. And that the fitting itself is wiggling. I use a pair of pliers to turn the fitting where it screws into the oil pump housing and it falls out after not even a quarter of a turn. Turns out the threads are stripped out, which is probably why the oil had been super foamy for the past several months that it'd been at the dealership. (Sucking air past the fitting.) Each time they called and said it was ready, I'd run it in their service department for a min or two and then pull the dipstick. And every time it was SUPER FOAMY. The last time I went to pick it up, it didn't foam and although I didn't think it was fixed, since they were blaming it on everything from a plugged PCV valve, non-HD oil filter, etc - I had no choice but to pick it up.
I just recently found the receipt from back in 2010 where I took it in for the ".99 cent clip" to be replaced after having the line blow out the first time, just in case there was engine damage down the road from lack of oil or something. Turns out they replaced the fitting in the oil pump and not just the clip, so it appears that they either cross threaded or over-tightened and pulled the threads in the pump housing....
The oil lines are something we keep a better eye on now as well.